Bunkertour Calais 2014
A small group of Landrover enthusiasts made a tour along the German Atlantic wall bunkers in the Pas de Calais area.
|On the way to Calais, we visited the V2 rocket assembly and launching base "La Coupola".||Inside large concrete dome shaped facility is now a nice museum. This is a V1 rocket.||This is a V2 rocket. Looking at the tail fins and ruthers.||A Landrover 88 light weight in front of our base tent, being a Zambesi folding trolley tent.|
|The other Landrovers and tents.||An ammunition storage bunker of "fernkampf batterie Prinz Heinrich".||The Landrovers; a series 3 109, a series 3 88 lightweight, a Discovery 1 and a Discovery 2.||There was also some nice green laning.|
|One of the restored gate buildings of the Calais Citadel.||Big gun bunker "Turm Borkum" of "fernkampf Batterie Oldenburg".||This inside "Turm Ösal" of "fernkampf Batterie Oldenburg".||There are many rooms inside, all numbered.|
|The bunker is sealed off with brick masonry.
We have entered through a small hole.
We are exploring the inside, in the dark.
|The old harbour fortress of Calais, fort Risban, exists out of 3 stone clad half Bastions, with Rifle Casemates inside.||A small hallway is connecting all the Rifle Casemates.||An artist has made a pleasant drawing on a large bunker of Stützpunkt Löwe.|
|We are celebrating Dutch Kings day with orange pudding scones and orange Gin.||Next day. A visit to Cap Blanc Nez. There are several sea observation bunkers.||There are also observation bunkers and group shelters at he land side.||Near cap Gris Nez is the location of Batterie Grosser Kurfurst.|
|However the big gun bunkers seem to have been demolished with explosives, afterwards, by the Allied troops.||Still visible are the big bomb craters, left, after Allied bombing runs on these gun positions.||One of the big German railway guns has survived and is on display near one of the big gun bunkers of "Batterie Todt".||This big gun bunker is Turm 1 of Batterie Todt and is now a museum. The big cross channel guns were operated by the German navy.|
|One of the tunnels of a large under ground complex in a hill side. Here the Germans were building a site for their latest weapon, the V3.||The V3 project, was a super canon, build in a mountain side that fired a projectile, with a sequence of multiple explosions.||This gave the projectile such speed, that it could fire on London directly, over a distance of 155km.||This is the nozzle openings plate of a cluster of five gun barrels. Five of these clusters were projected at this site.|
|On the way home, we visited another enormous concrete V2 assembly and launching base. In 1944, these bases were discovered, wile under construction and bombed heavily by the Allies.||On the go, the Germans developed a method, to enable them to continue building wile being bombed. The first made a concrete slab of 5m thick on the ground and then cranked it up, whilst pouring the concrete walls underneath.||However, when the Allies used their notorious Tall Boy Bombs, large parts of the facility were damaged. After the D-day landings, the Allied troops on the ground arrived just in time, to prevent the Germans using these sites.||A V2 rocket (V for Vergeltungs Waffen) standing ready in this concrete Cathedral.|
This page was last updated on 09-mei-2014.
|A V1 on its launching track.||Ending this tour with a picture of an interesting enemy off road vehicle.||BACK to events index.|